Tue. Jul 26th, 2022

UN Security Council voted to reauthorize the Syria cross-border aid mechanism for six months

The UN Security Council has reauthorized cross-border deliveries of aid to rebel-held Syria for six months.

Reports say the mandate for deliveries via Turkey expired on Sunday, prompting the UN aid Chief to warn that people will die.

Western powers bowed to a demand from Russia, a staunch ally of the Syrian Government, which vetoed their proposal for a one year extension last week.

According to the reports, some eight hundred lorries cross into the north-western province of Idlib every month with aid for two point four million civilians.

Almost double that number of people, mostly women and children are trapped in the last stronghold of the Jihadist and Turkish-backed rebel Groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad after eleven years of brutal conflict.

It would be recalled that in 2020, Russia and China used their veto powers as permanent Council Members to stop UN deliveries via Jordan and Iraq as well as one of the two Turkish border points.

Reports say the mandate for deliveries via Turkey expired on Sunday, prompting the UN aid Chief to warn that people will die.

Western powers bowed to a demand from Russia, a staunch ally of the Syrian Government, which vetoed their proposal for a one year extension last week.

According to the reports, some eight hundred lorries cross into the north-western province of Idlib every month with aid for two point four million civilians.

Almost double that number of people, mostly women and children are trapped in the last stronghold of the Jihadist and Turkish-backed rebel Groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad after eleven years of brutal conflict.

It would be recalled that in 2020, Russia and China used their veto powers as permanent Council Members to stop UN deliveries via Jordan and Iraq as well as one of the two Turkish border points.

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